|Storm over the canola fields|
"Yes! Arms are soft, elbows are weighted, I'm not tight in my shoulders and chest, perfect..."
"But why is his back dropped? Why does it seem like I'm riding a giraffe"
"Oh sh*t, legs ON! But don't speed up, stay steady, stay relaxed..."
"There it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
My new 'mantra' I guess you could call it is 'soften to his soften'. Grammatically, it doesn't make sense, but it really has helped me stay soft and steady in my riding, to be a kinder and more in-tune rider. After these types of rides, it's satisfying to see that both Koda and I are all sweated up. I've started keeping drinks in my trailer and bringing treats out to the barn as after my rides I'll sit on my trailer hitch and let Koda graze while I nibble on my snacks. It's a wonderful time in the evening, mosquitoes aren't that bad, he's contentedly grazing while I refuel with some snap peas and gatorade.
Peaceful, lovely, satisfying.
Nothing much else is going on right now, the jumps will be pulled out into the back field soon, so I'm hoping I'll get some fun helmet cam video or maybe entice someone to come out to take a few photos.
Sorry for the lack of updates/media outlet! As the big day arrives, things are going to be more and more hectic. The countdown is on! 13 Days left of having a Fiancé!